1. House of Pedro Reyes: How he managed to create a space that feels both emblematic and casual and where you live with the art rather than look at it.
2. Copal Incense: This is thee smell of Tulum, the holy sap used ritualistically. We shove as much of this stuff as we can into our carry-ons on the way home.
3. Art by Abraham Cruzvillegas: A nods to ritual with modern materials. We aim for the same in our designs, really--a layering of tradition to create spaces that feel like sanctuaries.
4. Architecture by Luis Barragan: In true mexican fashion, this is modernism dipped in color. Preeminent in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Luis was incomparable in his scale, drama, color, and the play of light shade and line. Poetic in its simplicity. Look him up.
5. Haciendas: Spanish Colonial Homes of the US and Mexico: Flip through these pages and you'll soon find yourself online purchasing your next flight.
6. Frida Kahlo photograph: Because we’ll always be inspired by women who take risks.
7. Chair by Don Shoemaker: The father of Mexican modernism. We love anyone who doesn’t shy away from things that look used and weathered.
8. Circular custom rug: Because every room needs a vintage break from its clean lines. We love modern, but we don’t love sterile.
9. Art deco doors of Mexico City: Cheers to the 40s and hats off to the country that can pair pastels with Brutalism and come out with something greater than the sum of its parts.
10. Glazed terracotta tile: This stuff is rich, saturated, and beaming with vibrant colors in all shapes and sizes.